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the acne products im using work one week then make my skin dry and irritated the next. is there a reason for this ?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Chronic use: Decrease frequency from every day to every other day or first apply moisturizer to decrease strength. You also may want to change product from one containing benzoyl peroxide to one containing sulfur which is less drying. Acne supplements containing zinc are helpful, .
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Nature of medicine: Medications that help acne typically dry up the overproduced skin oil so irritation flakiness, and drying are typical side effects.

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A 19-year-old male asked:

I suffer from eczema and find I always get white skin patches on my skin. I got dark colour skin so it shows. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Eczema treatment: Keeping your eczema under good control is the best option. If you are having repeated epidsodes, talk to your dermatologist about more intensive treatment options for keeping your eczema under better control.

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